This may seem like an odd survival topic to write about, but knowing how to stop bleeding from the nose is absolutely essential!
Keeping as much blood in your body as possible should be the guiding principle of any survival strategy, and you’re more likely to bleed from the nose than anywhere else.
A bloody nose can make you dizzy and lightheaded. It can compromise your ability to think clearly during an emergency. It can mess up your favorite Sunday shoes.
In this article, I’ll teach you how to stop bleeding from the nose!
How to Stop Bleeding from the Nose in 2 EASY STEPS:
Step 1: Pinch it for 10 minutes. If your nose is still bleeding, pinch it for another 10.
Step 2: If that
doesn’t work, go to ER and let the doctor fix it. Something’s
That’s the basic answer.
Now let me give you the full method to ensure we can stop that precious, sanguine fluid from ever draining out of our bodies unless we want it to… like when donating blood to red cross, or feeding a good friend who happens to be a vampire.
Did You Know?
The next time you’re hunting for sharks, and you’re all out of chum, just lean your bloody nose over the railing!
A single drop of blood can be detected by a Great White Shark from over a mile away.
On the other hand...
If your nose is bleeding while you’re actually swimming in the ocean, START PINCHING!
God damn it, START PINCHING!
1. Stay calm!
Freaking out never helps anything. That goes for all situations, not just bloody noses. (Duh!)
2. Don’t lay down, and don’t tilt your head back.
Whenever I got a bloody nose as a kid, my first instinct was always to tilt my head back! I don’t know why. Maybe I was trying to protect my clothes from getting stained so mom wouldn’t get mad, but it never worked.
It just caused blood to drain down my throat, making me cough and choke on it.
Coughing and choking on your own blood is NOT how to survive a zombie apocalypse, nor is it NOT how to stop bleeding from the nose.
And don’t swallow your blood either. I don’t care if you think you’re a vampire. It’ll just make you nauseous. Spit it out!
3. Sit up, lean forward, and tilt your head down!
The blood has to go somewhere.
This posture keeps it draining out of your nose and away from your throat, which is infinitely preferable to choking on it, Sunday clothes be damned.
4. Pinch the soft part of your nose just above your nostrils.
Keep pinching it for 10 minutes straight! I mean it.
It can take that long for the blood inside your nose to coagulate, which is how bleeding naturally stops. Don’t forget to breath through your mouth!
(I didn’t have to tell you that, right?)
5. After 10 minutes, carefully un-pinch your nose and check if it’s still bleeding.
It should have stopped or slowed down significantly. If it’s still bleeding, go ahead and pinch it again for another 10 minutes.
6. Don't pick your nose!
When it finally stops, you might feel coagulated pieces of blood in your nose, like its full of boogers. You’ll be tempted to pick them in order to clear your nostrils and breath easier.
Don’t do it!
Resist that urge!!! Those “boogers” stopped the bleeding, and if you pick them, you’re just going to start the flow again. Don’t do it!
(Optional Step 7): Once the bleeding gets somewhat under control, use a nasal decongestant spray to prevent it from restarting.
Nasal sprays work by constricting blood vessels, which is perfect for what we’re trying to do.
Honestly, most nosebleeds aren’t a big deal, but...
1. If your bleeding doesn’t stop after 20 minutes of pinching, then you should go to the ER. Doctors and nurses can better assess whats causing it, and they have better treatments than just applying pressure.
2. If your bleeding occurred after a physical trauma, like getting hit in the nose with a football, then take your butt to ER, Marsha Brady!
Not only do medical professionals know how to stop bleeding from the nose, they can check to see if it’s broken. If it is, they’ll tape it up nicely so it heals straight.
Unless, of course, you want to have a crooked nose forever. Depending on your profession, a permanently busted nose might look badass, like on this guy:
3. If the blood is dark, or it gushes uncontrollably at any time, than the bleed could be serious and you should go to the ER. Doctors can find the source of bleeding and cauterize it in 2 seconds, but only if you go!
4. If you’re bleeding and you feel dizzy, lightheaded, or your heart rate is going up, then for Crom’s sake, go to the ER! Those are all signs of serious blood loss. Play it safe and see a doctor.
Lots of things! Getting punched in the nose, hit by a soccer ball, or karate kicked in the face usually does the trick.
Using blood thinners like heparin, prescribed to cardiac and stroke patients to prevent clotting, will also make a bloody nose more likely to occur (and harder to stop).
The most common cause of a bloody nose is simply cold, dry weather. When the mucous membranes of your nose dry out, they crack and bleed.
It usually isn’t serious, and the solution is very simple:
Just swab a bit of Vaseline into each nostril once or twice a day! That will keep your nasal membranes healthy, moist, and crack-free as God intended.
You can also run a small humidifier in your bedroom at night. This one is really good and has over 12,000 reviews on Amazon!
Just make sure to keep it clean so you’re not spreading germs around.
Did You Know?
Professional boxers and mixed martial artists often have the blood vessels in their noses cauterized by a doctor.
Cauterization is the process of using heat to permanently seal off the flow of blood. This prevents future nosebleeds in training as well as in actual fights.
Such is the price of glory.
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